Fish Report

November 27, 2017 edition



Cabo San Lucas

There has been some terrific fishing and catching from Cabo recently. Unquestionably, the bite was on for most of the anglers as well as for most of the species. The billfish action included blue marlin, black marlin, stripers and sailfish. In the hook-to-table category, the dorado, yellowfin tuna and wahoo were the most popular.

For just plain fun, there were ample skipjack, jack crevalle and roosterfish to put a bend in the fishing rods. There has also been a consistent bite of the “go to” bottom dwellers when the surface action slowed. There was an excellent bite for most of the anglers, one that spanned a wide area, although the better bite was south of Cabo Falso at about 14 or 15 miles.

Cabo Climate: Daytime temps averaged 85.2 degrees with nights at 73.2 degrees. The humidity ratio has averaged 60.4%. It has mostly been warm, clear and very sunny days with only an occasional passing cloud.

Sea Conditions: Water temperatures are holding up very well. The Finger Bank to the Gorda Bank are all at 80.5 degrees. The Jaime Bank and southerly across the 1000 Fathom Curve have all been at 81 to 82 degrees. The inshore temps from Todos Santos to Cristobal and out about two or three miles are all at 83 degrees. Cabo Falso and around to Los Frailes are all at 82 or 83 degrees.

Best Fishing Area: South of Cabo Falso, in the 14 to 15 mile zone, the Herradura, Jaime Banks and Migrino were the most focused of spots, but fish were caught all over the area.

Best Bait/Lures: Rigged bait were the hot ticket for the billfish and the dorado, with a few billfish taken on lures as well as some of the dorado. Overall, the rigged trolling bait were the hottest bite overall.

Bait Supply: A good bait supply of caballito at the $3.00 per bait rate, paid direct to the bait vendor.

Puerto Los Cabos

There have been several cow sized tuna landed, but targeting the larger sized tuna requires lots of patience and stockpiling larger quantities of bait. Sardina, squid and chunks of skipjack were all used. The majority of the largest tuna were hooked on either chunks of skipjack or strips of squid. There were also nice-sized tuna over 100 pounds landed while fishing the San Luis Bank, though that was tough through much of the time due to north winds. 

There were no big numbers of these larger fish, but some anglers did account for one, two and even three in one morning. Most common sized tuna being caught were more in the seven to 15 pound class. These hit mostly on the sardina, with Iman Bank and Palmilla Point being the hot spots on particular days.

Dorado have been much more scattered than the tuna, with limited numbers of these fish were accounted for. There have been more juvenile-sized with an occasional fish up to 15 pounds.

However, for anglers specifically targeting dorado, they were having multiple chances and landed as many as four per boat. There were wahoo around as well, although most felt fortunate having one wahoo in the fish box. They were hitting on both trolled lures, such as Rapalas, and on trap hooked bait, caballito and chihuil.

East Cape

It is November, and the weather continues to change rapidly. Even with the arrival of a few days of north winds, anglers have braved the conditions and have been rewarded with a mixed bag of fish. The water temps are still very conducive to good fishing, hovering in the low 80s pretty much all over.

Sailfish have been the predominant catch in the billfish department. They were all taken on the troll off La Ribera.

Tuna were plentiful south of Los Frailes but were quite difficult to hook-up. There were lots of fish boiling on the surface, but were reluctant biters. The catch was mostly smaller fish up to 20 pounds. Sardina were the best bait.

Good-sized dorado in the 30 pound range were available throughout the East Cape, mostly taken on the troll. The roosterfish keep coming and coming. Inshore produced some dandy gallo and plenty of jack crevalle.

Barred pargo, huachinango and cabrilla have all been on the cleaning table.

La Paz

The fishing is dependent on the weather right now. At least half the days aren’t even worth going out. Winds from the north are now pushing big swells into the boats and, at times, even calm La Paz Bay is filled with little whitecaps or larger surges that throw spray onto the waterfront and passing cars. 

Even days when it seems not to be blowing, the surge and swell can still crash in and it’s just a miserable rough day to be out on the water, even if the sun is shining and it’s a pleasant 90 degrees! These are days when it’s nicer to hang out on the beach or find some friendly cantina to pour a cold one and wrap your hand around a fish taco. 

On the days when it’s calm enough and there’s no wind, there has been some surprisingly decent fishing. Waters have definitely been getting cooler and not quite as blue, and a little more cloudy and green as the winds turn it up. However, there’s still been some spots of 10 to 20 pound tuna and some nice schools of dorado in varying sizes. However, with the cooler waters, we’ve been seeing more cooler water species like sierra, snapper, pargo, cabrilla, and amberjack. 

The bite is also directly related to having live bait. If it’s rough, it’s hard to get live bait and even the bait sellers aren’t out there, knowing it’s futile. Anglers are left to use dead bait, cut bait or find/catch their own bait. 

Cabo San Lucas
Tracy Ehrenberg
Larry Edwards          
San Jose del Cabo
Gordo Bank Pangas
East Cape
Rancho Leonero Hotel
Jen Wren Sportfishing
East Cape Tackle, Cindy Kirkwood
La Paz
Jonathan Roldan's Tailhunter International